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SAIC Chantilly Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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  • From upper management to local management S (in 50 reviews)

  • Poor Benefits, Poor Senior Management, Unnecessary deadlines, Team sizes shrinking as workload increases (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "On par with other defene contractors"

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    Current Employee - Communications in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Communications in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Consistency of Hiring, HR, and Contracting processes

    Cons

    New to the IC game and don't seem to have clear method for matching new hires to actual positions; seem to hire personnel with top clearances largely to establish IC "credentials" with USG customer.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job aligning positions with actual customer needs.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SAIC full-time

    Pros

    Big HR department -- wanted to take on a lot of initiatives

    Cons

    Too process oriented, very top heavy

  3. "Not so bad"

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    Former Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had ample freedom to complete tasks. The overtime rush at the end of a contract was fantastic. You could work as many hours as you could. Things may have changed since the company became Leidos

    Cons

    Your job is what you make of it. (Totally not a con)

    Advice to Management

    Who am I to give advice to management? They did the best they could and I quite enjoyed my Program Manager.


  4. "Smart people, positive atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is one of the best
    Very smart and helpful engineers and staff
    Management are friendly and easy to talk to

    Cons

    None. There's been a lot of clutter with splitting the company but that's about it


  5. "Market Development Executive"

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    Former Employee - Market Development Executive in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Market Development Executive in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A solid company that measures success by performance. Employee oriented with extensive online internal training.

    Cons

    Obtaining management decisions to move forward on new opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the size of an opportunity may not represent the larger opportunity down the road.


  6. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Finance in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, mostly good people, good training programs

    Cons

    New benefit plan stinks (basically no benefits until you meet your deductible), upper management cannot be trusted. Stock prices have plummeted. Many layoffs but laid off the wrong people. SSC is worthless (purchasing, HR, security) and should go back to the BU's,


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not bad but headed in a bad direction because of bad upper management."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary, promotions, benefits, good work environment but a lot of military psychos work there.

    Cons

    Ridiculous overhead rates caused by too many chiefs make winning new work impossible. Collosal blunders like the Greek Olympics ($100 million loss) and CityTime ($500 million loss) caused by poor upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the entire board of directors.

  8. "I felt like I was surrounded by good people"

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    Former Employee - GIS Analyst in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - GIS Analyst in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for SAIC's Spatial Concepts and Technologies Division for and then moved to another defense contractor due to the contract ending. The atmosphere at SAIC is so different and so much better than where I'm working now, even though my current employer also has a good reputation. I noticed small things like people going out their way to hold the door open for you, things people say in the halls, etc. In my first week at my new job, I passed one lady in the hall telling another one "not to think about this place" while she was on vacation. I never heard anyone say anything like that at SAIC. I also noticed how at SAIC people seem to expect you to be sociable, which makes it a lot more enjoyable workplace. Overall at SAIC the people seemed happier.

    Cons

    They would expect you to work more than 8 hours a day if something was due. Sometimes felt like a contest to see who wanted to keep their job the most.

    Advice to Management

    I guess the only feedback i have is that in retrospect, SAIC was a great place to work.


  9. "Great place to contribute"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent environment, mid managers and co-workers. Hardworking, reasonable appraoches usually prevail. Very good communications from managment on changes and general information impacting employees. Sticks to great corporate ethics.

    Cons

    The transition from employees owned has been generally smooth, and Ken Dahlberg completed this task fairly smoothly and apprpopriately. However senior mangement did not continue the past respect for employees that Dr B did.

    Advice to Management

    Find away to keep and foster the entreprenurial sprit as the company grows in the private sector. Continue to foster employee caree opportunities across groups and BUs.


  10. "If you like to work for a large company, this is a good one."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of great people work there, and they have a wide variety of interesting projects. When employees lose coverage, SAIC is quite good at finding them work elsewhere within the company. Despite the size of the company, management treats employees quite well, and almost always welcome our feedback.

    Cons

    As with any large company, there can be a lot of unnecessary politics and red tape. Dealing with HR can be frustrating, as they often take weeks to respond to even the simplest requests. Ever since the company went public in 2006, the sense of pride in being an employee-owner has vanished.

    Advice to Management

    Have consistent policies across the company...for example, different business units should not have different benefit packages.


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